Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Not Your Ordinary Furniture

Saw these online randomly, thought they were pretty awesome! When I'm rich and famous, I'll have a whole house of cooky things like this.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm Back!

Alright, alright, I've been back for a while. In fact, it's the fourth week of school....
I finally thought it's time to update. Thanks for all your nagging guys.

So I was in China for most of the summer. I lived with my cousin and took some art classes at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts. I can't begin to express what a valuable experience it was for me to live in my childhood city again and actually experience college life in China. I hung out with friends from kindergarten and met some interesting foreign travelers. It was odd for me really; I was both a native and a foreigner. It's just amazing to be back in a place of so much memory, personal history, and life.

Now for some highlights!

The Sichuan Earthquake happened one day after I got to Xi'an. The earthquake in Xi'an was minor but people were still pretty unsettled since this city never gets earthquakes.
In the middle of all the commotion I caught this cute scene.
There is so much character and charm everywhere you look.
In June I took a weekend trip to Beijing, this is at Wang Fu Jing Eatery Street.

And guess what! I ate scorpions!
The most empowering experience was climbing Hua Shan (Hua Mountain) two hours outside of Xi'an. Hua Shan is China's most steep mountain and known for its difficulty to climb. It took one night and a day without sleeping. We started climbing at 10pm, arrived at the peak at 5am for the sunrise, and climbed to other peaks, and came back down at 5pm. My feet dangling over....nothing!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Off to China

I'm leaving for China in a couple of hours! I may not have internet access so I'm not sure how often I'll be updating. One thing that is for sure is that I'll be doing tons of sketches while I'm over there. See you all in two months!


Friday, April 18, 2008

2008 Portfolio

I thought I'd post my current portfolio so here it is!

First year at Ringling! It all went by so fast! I can't believe there is only a week and half left of school. It's hard to keep focused with summer vacation coming up. In the next week we still have to finish our lip syncs for traditional animation, second lighting project for ca, and another animatic for concept. But ouuu am I looking forward to a summer of traveling, drawing, and maybe working! Oh and don't forget the food!

I'll post some more stuff once school is over.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

March is Over!

We made it! March is finally over. It's just finishing up the Sit/Stands now and we'll have some breathing room until the end of the semester. Four more weeks left,and it's China time! I can't wait to go out and sketch more.

Here are some layout designs for my latest animatic from concept class. I'll post some more later.

Pixar is on campus recruiting. I'm excited for the presentation tomorrow! Woo Ringling!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


My rat is looking more and more like a raccoon!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sit & Stand Walk Cycle

Hiya all! Here's the walk cycle I did with my sit & stand character. We are doing a series of exercises before launching into Sit & Stand which will take up March and beyond. If you think of it that way, the semester doesn't seem long at all. One more month then this final project and POOF! I'll be somewhere else.

It's all going so fast. I should also mention how impressed I am with my fellow sophomores. It's amazing to see how much people have improved since the first semester. Last semester we were all new to animation and maya. That combined with the workload was quite stressful and a lot of the projects left much to be desired. The quality and content of work this semester, however, show tremendous progress. It seems that we are getting comfortable and are slowly starting to explore personal visions instead of still trying to grasp the basic principles. It's just pretty exciting to watch people around me and myself growing everyday.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Leftover Frame:

Another frame from the previous story

Another frame from the previous story

Girl and the Mouse

Here's some more stuff for concept class.
For this assignment I'm using a childhood memory as my story. When I lived in China my cousin and I were playing outside our grandparents' when the story took place.

Seven Sentence Story:
1. A little girl leaves her apartment home to play outside.
2. As she is playing outside, a tiny mouse comes along.
3. The little girl starts taunting and chasing the mouse.
4. The mouse falls through a sewer grill and hangs on by its tail
5. The girl wants to help the mouse but doesn't want to touch it.
6. The mouse falls to its death.
7. The little girl feels guilty that death resulted from innocent play.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

More Concept Shots

Leading lines and angles:


Here's my character for traditional animation II. I'll be using her all semester as well.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sit and Stand Maquette

Finally here's my maquette of Vince from winter break. We had to make a maquette of the characters we designed for this semester's computer animation class. This character will be used throughout the semester for various animation exercises.

Snow Day and Art's Day

Student life at Ringling ordered 12 tons of ice to host a "Snow Day" for the college. We arrived a hour late and this was all that's left of the 'snow'. It was fun playing with 'snow' in flipflops and shorts although getting hit by iceballs weren't exactly pleasant. I just had to post this for the people back home with the -20 windchill:P

Here's Donjin checking making iceballs:

Two weekends ago it was the annual Sarasota Arts Day where local artists, associations, and schools gathered in downtown Sarasota to promote the art community. I was there among a few other students to do figure drawing at the Ringling booths. We drew costumed models for three hours per shift. It was a lot of fun though I wish my life sketching skills were more robust. We drew quite a crowd.

There were many artists showing off their talents on locations. There was pottery making, painting on location, ice sculpturing, and weaving! Not to mention all the live music too. The atmosphere was amazing. I wish I could have stuck around more to do some sketches--there were definitely lots of interesting looking people there.